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Statistics and Data

Australian and international statistics and data.


This guide contains key resources for statistics and data.

Resources are grouped by category, which you can navigate on the left. Each category contains Australian and international resources,  some also have historical sources.

There is a special section for information and resources on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Census.

Finding statistics

There's a huge amount of statistics out there. There may be other resources, not in this guide, that will be useful for your research.

Start by identifying organisations that might be collecting the types of data you are looking for.‚Äč

Most statistics are collected by national and subnational government agencies.

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Office for National Statistics (UK)

  International Organisations 
 Collect and collate statistics from different countries

  • World Bank
  • the United Nations
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

 undefined  National Organisations  Collect statistics on particular areas of interest

  • Australian Council for Educational Research
  • Diabetes Australia

  Professional Associations 
 Conduct research and publish survey findings

  • Australian Institute of Management

Evaluating Statistics

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
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It is important to evaluate statistical sources and data.

Questions to ask include:

Are the statistics relevant to your research?
Look at the type, depth and time range of data, and consider possible biases.

Are the statistics reliable?
Are they from an authoritative source such as government or a recognised international organisation?

What methodology was used?
Many sources of statistics document the methodology used.

WARNING - Country inconsistencies

International statistics are dependent on the collection of data by national governments and other agencies, so the types, depth and dates of data are not always consistent between countries.

Collection of data within individual countries

  • changes over time
  • may be inconsistent across states
  • and can be disrupted by events such as regime change and war